After viewing the exhibit, please join us for a presentation which introduces Laurent Clerc the “Apostle of the Deaf in The New World” and his connection to Early Deaf Education. Laurent Clerc Holt and Wilton Historical Society Director Nick Foster will outline the roots of Deaf and American Sign Language development and examine historical documents newly discovered in Wilton Library’s History Room related to Laurent Clerc’s life. Lastly, we will explore Wilton resident Francis Clerc Ogden’s unique connection to Laurent Clerc and to the town of Wilton.
Laurent Clerc Holt is a fourth great-grandson of Laurent Clerc and President of the Société Laurent Clerc. Nick Foster is Director of the Wilton Historical society.
Located in the Brubeck Room at the Wilton Library. No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Wilton Historical Society, the Société Laurent Clerc, and the Amercan School for the Deaf.